This topic will focus on the way in which psychological theory and research can be applied to issues in forensic psychology. Coverage will span both the legal and clinical domains of forensic psychology. Through in depth examination of a relatively small number of issues, the topic will illustrate how psychological principles, theories and research can further our understanding of key forensic problems encountered in the legal and clinical domains. In the psycho-legal domain potential specific areas of study may include the problems associated with accessing witnesses' and victims' memory reports, including trauma memories; eyewitness identification; assessing credibility, deception and confessions. In the clinical domain, topic areas include issues associated with child witnesses and victims, understanding criminal offending, including profiling, juvenile delinquency, and the criminal vulnerability of special populations such as those with ASD.
This topic aims to introduce students to both theory and research in important areas of psychological inquiry. Research in forensic psychology uses a myriad of different psychological approaches (e.g., cognitive, developmental, experimental, social and physiological psychology) to advance our understanding of issues that are important within both legal and clinical contexts, and to derive meaningful solutions for practical problems that confront professionals in those contexts on a day-to-day basis. Thus the topic will provide students with opportunity to apply their general psychological knowledge to specific areas of study.